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Jhoon KimProfessor, Yonsei Lee Youn Jae Fellow

    Fellow, KAST (Korea Academy of Science and Technology)

    P.I., GEMS (Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer)

  • Office

  • Rm. 545, Science Hall, Global Environment Laboratory, 
    Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Yonsei University 
    50, Yonsei-ro, Seodaemoon-gu, Seoul 03722, Korea
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  • +82-2-2123-5682
  • E-mail

  • Researcher identifier

  • Web of Science ResearcherID: F-6635-2013
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-1508-9218
  • Google Scholar: y0WtkTsAAAAJ

Research Interest

Remote Sensing

Satellite remote sensing of aerosol and trace gas concentrations

Retrieval algorithm development



Air quality monitoring from ground-based, airborne and satellite platform

Intensive field campaigns to understand distributions and transport of air pollutants and trace gases

Ozone layer monitoring with its long-term trends

Climate Change

Climate change monitoring from satellite and ground-based data

Retrieval algorithm development for greenhouse gas concentrations from hyperspectral instruments

Radiative Transfer

Radiative transfer in UV, visible, and near Infrared


Ph.D., May. 1991 Atmospheric and Space Sciences, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.
M.S., Dec. 1987 Atmospheric Science, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.
B.S., Feb. 1986 Atmospheric Science, College of Natural Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Professional Career

2003 - PresentProfessor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
2023 - PresentAssociate member, National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK)

2021 - Present

Fellow, Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST)

2021 - 2022

Director, Particulate Matter Research Institute/Carbon Capture Research Institute, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology(SAIT)
2016 - 2017 Visiting Scientist, Atmospheric Measurement Group, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A
2015 - 2016 Deputy Director, Institute of Natural Sciences (INS), Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
2010 - 2011 Visiting Scholar, JIFRESSE, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
2009 - 2010 Visiting Independent Advisor, NASA JPL, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.
1991 - 2003 Principal Researcher/Senior Researcher, Space R&D Division, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), Daejon, South Korea

Committees and Services

2023 - 2024, 2020-2021

Member, National Committee on Air Pollutant Emission Information Management 국가 대기오염물질 배출정보 관리위원회
2019 - 2021 Member, Science & Technology Committee, National Council on Climate and Air Quality (NCCA) 국가 기후환경회의
2020 - 2022 Guest Editor, Focus Issue, Environmental Research Letters
2017 - 2024 Member, WMO GURME (GAW Urban Research Meteorology and Environment)
2017 - 2024 Member, International Radiation Commission (IRC), IAMAS, IUGG
2016 - present Guest Editor, Atmospheric Measurement Technique (AMT)
2017 - 2020 Editorial board, Advances in Atmospheric Sciences (AAS)
2016 - 2018 Editorial board, Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences (APAS)
2015 - 2017 Steering Committee, NIER-NASA KORUS-AQ Campaign
2014 -2017 Member, WHO Global Platform for Air Quality and Health 
2012 - 2020 Member, International Ozone Commission(IO3C), IUGG
2012 Co.I., DRAGON-NE Asia Campaign (NASA-NIER joint project)
2011 - 2012 Co-chair, MEST-NASA Joint Meeting for Collaboration
2010 - Present Member, CEOS (Committee on Earth Observation Satellite) ACC(Atmospheric Composition Constellation)
2012 - Present Principal Investigator, Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer(GEMS), supported by the Ministry of Environment, Korea
2008 - 2012 Co-chair, WG3(Atmosphere, Climate and Weather), Commission VIII on Remote Sensing Applications and Policies, ISPRS (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing)


2023 Yonsei Lee Youn Jae Fellow 연세 이윤재 펠로우 교원
2020 Top 100 Outstanding Achievements in 2020 National R&D, Ministry of Science & ICT 국가 연구개발 우수성과 100선 (에너지·환경 부문)

Apr 2019

Medal of Honor in Science and Technology, the President of the Republic of Korea 과학기술포장

2020, 2019, 

2013, 2012

Best Lecture Award, Yonsei University 우수강의교수상
2019, 2012 Grand Prize, Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Advisor Award, Korea Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), supported by S-oil Science Foundation 한국과학기술한림원 올해의 우수학위논문 대상 (지도교수상) 
2019 Top 20 Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Technology, KEITI, Ministry of Environment  환경 R&D 우수성과 20선
2014 - 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award in Research, Yonsei University 우수업적교수상(연구부문)

Contributed Professor Award, Yonsei University 공헌교수상

Scientist of the Month, National Research Foundation (NRF) 한국연구재단 이달의 과학기술인상
Aug 2017 NASA Group Achievement Award for "KORUS-AQ: An International Cooperative Air Quality Field Study in Korea" project
Jun 2014 Grand Prize, Environmental Technology of the Year, Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) 올해의 환경기술 최우수상
Mar 2009 Citation, the President, Republic of Korea 대통령 표창
2010, 2004 Praque of Appreciation, The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
Dec 2008 Citation, The Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea 환경부장관 표창
Oct 2008 Wolbong Academic Award, Korea Meteorological Society 한국기상학회 월봉학술상
Feb 2008 Top 50 Papers in Next Generation Key Environmental Technologies, KEITI 차세대 핵심환경기술 우수연구논문 50선
Feb 2003 Citation, The Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea 국무총리 표창
Jan 2000 Researcher of the Year, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) 한국항공우주연구원 우수연구원상
Oct 1998 Medal for Distinguished Services, KARI 한국항공우주연구원 우수연구원 메달
Jul 1993 Citation, The Minister of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea 과학기술처장관 표청

Hi Ku Cho (1933-2022)  Professor Emeritus

  • Office Address

  • Rm. 701, Global Environment Laboratory, Department of
    Atmospheric Sciences, Yonsei University 50, Yonsei-ro,
    Seodaemoon-gu, Seoul 03722, Korea
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  • E-mail

  • Research Interests

  • Atmospheric Radiation, Ozone monitoring


1983. 8: Ph.D. Department of Atmospheric Science, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
1961. 2: M.S. Department of Atmospheric Physics, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
1957. 2: B.S. Department of Physics, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

Research Interest

Radiative transferradiative transfer theory, observation and modeling of solar radiation
Ozone Layerozone layer observation and monitoring using Dobson and Brewer spectrophotometer

Professional experiences

1957 - 1971 Researcher, Korea Meteorological Administration, South Korea
1981 - 1982 Visiting Professor, University of Michigan, USA
1984 - 1986 President, Korean Meteorological Society, South Korea
1971 - 1999 Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Yonsei University, South Korea
1991 - 1994 Chairman, Committee in South Korea, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
1998 -  President Emeritus, Korean Meteorological Society, South Korea
1999 -  Professor Emeritus, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Yonsei University, South Korea